2019 PharmSci 360
With the increased emphasis on diversity in pharmaceutical careers across academia, industry, and government, there is a modest wave of women making it up the ranks. However, several reports are indicating that the climb may not be straightforward and pleasant. In addition, women may break the glass ceiling only to fall off the glass cliff, resulting from high pressures to resolve organizational problems in short order in the context of being the one-of-a-few diverse leadership voices. This causes many women to fail, give up, or sustain family or health consequences. This session will feature 4 key topics to mitigate falling off the glass cliff:
• Innovative thinking: A must for diverse leaders is “out-of-the-box” thinking to quickly establish themselves, make an impact, and navigate the environment that may not be accepting of diverse input, and hence having an entrepreneurial mindset becomes key for success.
• Inclusion: Women may make it into leadership positions but if organizations are not willing to accept or incorporate diverse input then women and other diverse minorities risk failing.
• Sponsorship: A key foundation leading to the success and benefits of diverse leaders is ensuring they get enough support and visibility. The best “means to this end” is powerful sponsors.
• Health & career: Being successful as a woman leader requires hard work often beyond what is expected of the prevalent leadership. That often ends up taking a toll on the individual, and hence considering ways to incorporate health strategies in personal objectives is very important.
This session will feature brief instructions from key women leaders on the four topics (5 mins each) followed by audience breakout sessions (40 mins) facilitated by the leader introducing the topic. The focus of the break-out sessions will be to share experiences and strategies to navigate the topic at hand. Each group will present recommendations (5-7 mins per group) enabling the entire audience to learn in all four areas.